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US, South Korea move ahead with military exercises that North Korea claims are rehearsal for war

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. and South Korean military officials plan to move ahead with large-scale exercises later this month that North Korea, now finalizing plans to launch a salvo of missiles toward Guam, claims are a rehearsal for war. The exercises are an annual event, but come as Pyongyang says it is readying a plan to fire off four “Hwasong-12” missiles toward the U.S. island territory and major military hub. The plan would be sent to leader Kim Jong Un for approval just before or as the U.S.-South Korea exercises begin. Called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, the exercises are expected …read more

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